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The Alliance for Arts & Health New Jersey connects artists and arts professionals, and those who provide health and wellness services. We engage a network of members to educate, advocate, and advance best practices in arts and health.

We envision a healthier New Jersey through the arts

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  • Artists with an interest in using their talents to improve healthcare and healthcare settings in the state of New Jersey
  • Healthcare professionals with an interest in utilizing the arts to improve patient care or healthcare settings
  • Creative Art and Expressive Art therapists
  • Architects and designers of healthcare settings
  • Arts administrators and other arts professionals interested in partnering with healthcare organizations

  • Undergraduate, Graduate and Medical Students from related disciplines

  • Researchers in related fields

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  • Community groups and individuals with an interest in arts & healthcare

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  • 03 Sep 2014 12:54 PM | Ashley Atkins (Administrator)

    Nominate the best in arts and health programs in New Jersey for "Pictures of Health," a proposed portfolio of 10-20 artist photographs which illustrate the breadth and impact of arts and healthcare initiatives across the state. The portfolio will serve as an advocacy tool for AAHNJ and a travelling exhibition for use in medical facilities and healthcare-related office settings. The criteria for selection will be excellence across the spectrum of categories. 

    Nominations will be accepted until September 30, 2014. 

  • 25 Feb 2014 11:00 AM | Ashley Atkins (Administrator)


    Alliance for Arts & Health New Jersey
    presents Survey results
    at New Jersey State Council ON the Arts meeting


    South Orange, NJ  – The findings from a new study, “Arts in Healthcare in New Jersey,” was released by the Alliance for Arts & Health New Jersey, or AAHNJ, at the February 15, 2014 New Jersey State Council on the Arts meeting at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.   A project of ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, AAHNJ is a network of arts professionals and health and wellness providers who work together to educate, advocate, and advance best practices in arts and health in N.J. The survey represents a collaborative effort with Johnson & Johnson to define the growing field throughout the state. 

    The AAHNJ survey includes responses from more than 100 New Jersey-based arts and healthcare providers, and offers information on the diversity of arts in health programs as well as the economic activity of these programs. Results from the study was presented by Ashley Atkins, Ph.D., Manager of Corporate Contributions & Community Relations at Johnson & Johnson and co-chair of AAHNJ. 

    “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to present the survey’s findings at the N.J. State Council on the Arts meeting,” said Karen Pinzolo, Director of Community Engagement for the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and an AAHNJ Steering Committee member. “The study highlights the direct relationships between arts and healthcare industries and the positive impact of the burgeoning field of arts in health.”

     Reporting on the key findings from the survey, Ashley noted:

    • The most common clinical outcomes of arts in health programs are reducing anxiety and alleviating depression.
    • Health facilities invest in arts programs because the arts help patients and families cope with serious illness, enhance quality of life, and serve as a vital means of communication for adults with disabilities.
    • The needs of the arts in health field include artist training, research and information sharing, networking and cooperative marketing, and funding.

    “These results not only bring to light quantifiable patient and provider outcomes,” said Atkins, “but also identify the tremendous opportunity AAHNJ has to expand and strengthen its service to the field so that arts in health programs may continue to reach and impact all New Jerseyans.”

    AAHNJ was created through a partnership between ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and is an outcome of Arts Plan New Jersey – an action plan to create a better state through and for the arts.


    The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, is the charitable and educational arm of ArtPride New Jersey that promotes the value of the arts to New Jersey’s quality of life, education and economic vitality through research and a variety of programs and services including Discover Jersey Arts and Arts Plan New Jersey.

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